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Edinburgh Botanic Gardens


Yesterday I had my belated birthday ‘day out’. The weather actually felt pretty much like March which was appropriate!

Scott and I set out late morning and we were heading for Edinburgh to visit the Botanic Gardens, do a little bit of shopping (had to return something…yawn) and then pre-theatre supper followed by ‘Les Miserables’ at the Edinburgh Playhouse. We stopped en-route at Bridge of Earn where we found a new restaurant to have lunch at…..great find! It pays to go off the motorway doesn’t it?

I have never been to Edinburgh Botanic Gardens before and it is a memorable place. I shall have to go back…soon! There was so much to see, but we had limited time so decided to just focus on the glasshouses ….it was a good plan as it wasn’t the best day for outdoor plant admiring. Still, it stayed dry and there was no real breeze, so quite a pleasant day. Coming out of the gardens and heading to the city centre we passed through Inverleith, which is a very smart victorian part of the city I’ve never seen before.

There are some incredibly beautiful trees and we saw some lovely spring woodland borders but I didn’t start snapping until we reached the glass house…..

This glasshouse is iconic for the gardens, you may have seen it in pictures before. Isn’t it beautiful? The log-like thing on the floor in front is the largest plant fossil is UK. It is a pre-historic tree found near the city some years ago. There are no surviving trees like it so they have no real idea what it would have looked like….it’s like a solid rock tree trunk…..fascinating!

I didn’t have time to track down the names of the plants so I hope you will just enjoy the photos….

This was a huge Lily and I had to go in the picture to give you the scale. I wish I could give you the scent too!

Banana flower

Some orchids take my breath away and this one just had to be photographed!

Now this one I know, it is the Jade Vine….there’s nothing like it is there?

Now, the water hyacinth may be considered a pernicious weed in some parts, but it is still one of the most beautiful flowers in the world!

These fern fronds remind me of swans ….and violins……

Giant Water Lily pad just emerging.

Now, I’m hoping you can ID this for me. It was growing on a wall outdoors. the leaves are similar to Akebia.

Mystery plant again…….

Scented Rhody in the high altitude glass house. This was my favourite bit of the glass houses. Full of weird rhododendrons and a really great ‘feel’, like being very high up in the nepali mountains….I imagine….!!


Pure white Orchid

Another beautiful Rhody

….and another!….

These flowers make me laugh! They look like muppet birds!!

This is Vanilla…I never knew it was an orchid! You learn something new every day…..

Vanilla Pods

And some plants are just so weird aren’t they?

I wish I’d taken some shots of the city for you… is so beautiful and some of you may never have been to Edinburgh. If you haven’t….come soon!!

The show was great, several tissues required of course, but not as bad as the first time I saw it, about 10 years ago, also at the Playhouse, when I literally sobbed all through the second half and came out wrecked! If you haven’t seen it yet and fancy a good cry….do go! Last night was particlularly poignant for me because my Son Callum, who is in USA since Jan and comes home next month, played the part of Marius in a youth production last year, so I was missing him all through the show! Can’t wait to see him again on June 1st and see if he has grown even taller in the time he’s been away!

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Happy Belated birthday hope u had a good one.
Sounds like you had a lovely day out.
Thanks 4 sharing it with us. Great pics.

6 May, 2010


Thanks Angie!! I really did!

6 May, 2010


A belated greeting from me too Karen.....Loved the pics of the botanic gardens....I have a friend who has been many times and I've promised myself a visit (haven't told hubby yet!)......its years since I've been to Edinburgh....and its not far!
Can't make up my mind which is my fav pic........the water hyacinth I think.....never seen one in flower....closely followed by the jade vine....thats gorgeous......followed very closely by all the orchids............................:-)

6 May, 2010


Looks like you had a grand day out ...
Have a look at the tree fern blog i did last year if you like the fronds .
I do like the muppet flower too .:o))))

6 May, 2010


Pleased you had a good day Karen Sue, give that grandson a big hug from me when he gets back home, if you can reach him. The pictures are fabulous, I loved the rhodies they are so pretty and what beautiful orchids, it reminded me of Kew Gardens visit a few years ago now.

6 May, 2010


Belated birthday wishes. I'm glad you had a nice day. The gardens look interesting . I didn't know about Vanilla either.

6 May, 2010


Thanks everyone, it was well worth the wait! Glad you enjoyed the pics.

6 May, 2010


Mum, it reminded me of Kew too. We went there for my 30th birthday and that you know....some time ago now!! lol Will defo. be going there again some day, perhaps for 48th birthday!!:))

6 May, 2010


So pleased you had a lovely birthday even though it ended with a weepie! It does you good occasionally to have a good cry and unleash all your grief in one go and then just get on with life cleansed and happy again!
The plants were terrific and I enjoyed them immensley without knowing their names. I loved them all so thanks for sharing them with us all.

6 May, 2010


glad you had a great birthady treat karen, the gardens look beautifull and such pretty flowers and unusual plants, would love to go there, your pictures are great, back to reality now im afraid, enjoyed your blog ;o))

6 May, 2010


Pleased you had a nice birthday and thanks for sharing your day with us.

6 May, 2010


Your photos are great all those rhododendrons....and the beautiful flower of the water hyacinth ! Thank you for sharing this trip......

6 May, 2010


You are all so kind, I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos!

6 May, 2010


Enjoyed joining you on the tour lovely pictures, glad to see you enjoyed your birthday.

6 May, 2010


I really enjoyed your birthday, stunning flowers, OH says he'll take me to Edinburgh one day as he used to travel up for work many years ago, always came back enthusing about the City. Happy belated birthday from metoo. : o ) )

6 May, 2010


Oh good! Hope you get there soon, it's really worth a visit!

6 May, 2010


Belated happy birthday Karen! What a beautiful place to visit, your photos of the stunning plants are lovely, I really enjoyed it!

7 May, 2010


Thanks Janey, so glad you enjoyed it!

7 May, 2010


wow wow wow thank you for sharing those - i would LOVE to go those gardens, the lily pad needed Thumbelina sitting on it, all the flowers were beautiful. Sounds like a perfect day. Les Mis is the BEST! Happy late birthday, karen x Ps. no probs about my frocks ..... always up for a giggle....

14 May, 2010


Thanks MH! ;)

14 May, 2010


I missed this blog Karen, the photos are wonderful and I'm glad you had a good day (I can see where my card came from now) :-)))

18 May, 2010


Ah yes, that's right, I used one of the glass house cards! x

18 May, 2010


Love the Muppet plant. Well what wonderful blooms......such exotica! The tropical house is so elegant too.......marvellous place.

21 Sep, 2010


Yes, it is Dorjac. Well worth a visit and I enjoyed it so much!

21 Sep, 2010


Isn't the Jade vine something else!? The one at Oxford is a magnificent specimen (see some of it here ) that took my breath away!

Did you ever find out the name of the mystery plant? If that's hardy it's well worth trying to find out.

Thanks for sharing the photos with us - lovely!

24 Sep, 2010


Do you know meanie, I didn't, but I saw something like it in a mag recently and now I've realised i never made a not of it! I must have another look and see if I can find it again!

25 Sep, 2010


Mystery climber is STAUNTONIA HEXAPHYLLA. A-ha! I came across it in the burncoose catalogue and recognised it. Its a vigorous evergreen frost-hardy climber....dare we? Any well drained soil, sun or part shade. H to 10m or we have space? It has fragrant flowers followed by edible egg-shaped purple fruits (but only if male and female are grown together).

27 Jan, 2011

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